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The graphics are simple - an overhead view of a character representing your party - but the whole game world is surprisingly believable. The whole Ultima series is good, but V is the best yet. There's plenty to keep you playing for months and if you've never played an RPG before, you'd be doing yourself a favour by getting a copy of this: the game that could bring adventuring out of its ghetto.
Don't be put off by the 8-bit graphics, Ultima 4 is far closer to the true RPG style than anything else - valuable memory is used for gameplay rather than presentation. You need patience to get started, but once immersed you won't want to stop.
Wie gewohnt führt die Reise durch eine kräftig gewachsene Abenteuerwelt: Ultima IV hat ungefähr den sechzehnfachen Umfang des Vorgängers! Da ist viel Platz für aberwitzige Details: Fesselballons transportieren den angehenden Avatar zu abgelegenen Örtlichkeiten, Geisterstädte und Piratenschiffe sind direkt schon banale Alltäglichkeiten. Spätestens ab her hat sich Ultima zur Simulation einer mittelalterlichen Fantasywelt gemausert, deren Bewohner keine anonymen Sprites mehr sind.
As the documentation itself states, a large part of this game centres around the conversation with the other characters. Only by quizzing the other inhabitants can you gain enough knowledge to solve the game. Coming from a background of text adventures, I found this game very frustrating as the words recognised by the system are extremely limited. After the hundredth fighter tells you no more than that you need to keep a pure heart, you will be tempted to fit an axe through his helmet! The crude graphics used in this game did nothing to bring it to life for me, and while I accept that there are many hours of use to be found in this package for already committed fantasy fans, I suspect that it will attract few converts from adventure players.
„Ultima IV“ ist etwa 16mal so groß wie Ultima II und bietet dem Spieler wesentlich mehr Stoff zum Denken. Andere Figuren, die auf dem Bildschirm agieren, haben sogar ihre eigene Persönlichkeit bekommen.